Backed by a traffic study, Baie-d’Urfé is set to give the green light to a development that would include a hotel, restaurant and sports dome in its industrial sector just off Highway 40.
Council is prepared to follow through on two zoning amendments, which were set for the first draft reading last night, required for the project to proceed based on a local traffic study commissioned by the town this fall, Mayor Maria Tutino confirmed to The Gazette.
“We’ll meet with the industrial park people and discuss the results of the study with them, but it’s good news for the project to move forward,” she added. “It’s clear this project won’t have a negative impact on traffic in the area. The study concludes there won’t be any traffic issues because of the project.”
The mayor added its industrial park businesses can still provide input and point out any concerns before the zoning changes or even building plans are formally approved by council.
While council has seen some general guidelines as to what the project would look like, the developers still have to submit the official plans for the project, which will also reviewed and them approved by the town.
“We haven’t the specific plans yet. We need to change the zoning first,” Tutino said.
The proposed hotel, which is to have a banquet room and an indoor pool, will be built on the same lot as the restaurant and are to be connected by a canopy. The sports facility is to include a fabric covered dome as well as a brick edifice to house locker rooms and offices.
Although both lots related to this project are owned by developer Michael Rosenberg of Rosdev Group, the sports facility will be managed by a second party, which is to sign a long-term lease for the property.
Construction of the hotel will only start once the sports dome is up, Rosenberg told The Gazette. “It’ll be a year-round full-sized indoor sports field with locker rooms and showers,” he added.
Plans for the new hotel are still being worked on but it should have about 100 to 150 rooms and be between six and eight storeys high. There is to be a convention centre as well as an adjacent restaurant, Rosenberg said, adding he doesn’t know yet what chain or banner the hotel will operate under.
“The sports dome is to be built next year, and when it’s finished we can start on the hotel,” he said. “It’ll take about year to build the hotel and we could possibly start in fall 2013.”
The proposed project could cost about $25 million or more, Rosenberg said.
The location of the proposed hotel, near Morgan Blvd. and the Highway 40 service road, on the western side of the island is superb, Rosenberg said.
He added the new hotel-restaurant and sports dome will compliment each other and are being planned as one project.
“We bought (the lot) 15 years ago. It’s a prime spot for a hotel. It’s right off the 40,” Rosenberg said.
“I think this will do a lot for the area,” he added. “The new hotel and restaurant will help the whole industrial park. There are still some lots to be developed.”
The proposed project, which would mark the first hotel to be built in the small town, could be a tremendous boon for the small town’s non-residential tax base. Baie-d’Urfé’s industrial park, which is only accessible from the Highway 40 service road, is home today to about 70 companies based in 64 buildings. The first company in the park opened in 1970.